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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 13, 2014 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

And as the Dead went on and the "Anti-Schtick" actually became the schtick, it seemed to carry on to the crowd, more so than the band, IMO. Back in WT's day (you know, when men rode dinosaurs) folks dressed as they did because that's what they could afford and no one really gave a damn what the dude next to them looked like. Starting in the 80's, a kind of uniform seemed to develop, particularly among the less-dedicated fan-base.

1. Tie dye shirt purchased from the official store: Check
2. Jeans with the requisite number of holes: Check
3. 23 Pieces of Flair (buttons, friendship bracelets, glow sticks, etc.): Check
4. Do-Rag (even if you had no hair): Check -or-
5. Tri-color rastacap (this one usually did require some hair): Check
6. A nauseating amount of Patchouli Oil (mostly for women, but some dudes decided "hey, I've got another chance to be myself by smelling like someone else"): Check

Seemed like shows started to become more of a chance to display just how outside the mainstream you were by wearing the same crap everyone else was wearing.


You got bonus points for things like a beat up leather hat,

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 13, 2014 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

Ha--yeah, believe it or not, but I was absolutely dying to get my hands on a cowboy shirt...something that NO one would've worn at my HS in the E Bay Area in the early 70s. Imagine my delight when I dropped by the local Goodwill to find that they were literally over stocked w the damn things.

I was always shooting for the S&R b&w photo fashion statement, ya know? Levis + ANY cowboy shirt and you were good to go.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 13, 2014 9:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

LOL, exactly.

Except that I like patchouli. I actually still wear it. I'm sorry.

Of course, there always was a kind of uniform. It was so uncool to have designer jeans (back when that was a new concept, LOL) that I actually bought a pair just to be contrary. With a little gold disco belt. I thought it was funny. OK, I didn't actually wear it to Dead shows.

IMO the Requisite Bright Tie-Dye shtick appeared when so much time had passed between the crowd and the '60s that it was truly into the Next Generation. The sensibility had changed. It changed within a continuum, but it changed.

Of course in retrospect, My Generation also had a bit to answer for, fashion-wise. Here we are in full 1978 glory. (This is from the Duke show.)

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Of course, lest the Touchheads think we totally dropped the ball fashion-wise, here's the usual summer uniform. It's from Oregon in Summer '82. The guy in the foreground is very Deadhead Fashion Forward in his baggy pants; wouldn't have seen that earlier. But he did get the memo about coming without a shirt. (Tie dye shirts? WHAT shirts?!?)

The required female peasant/Indian skirt stayed pretty much the same over the years. That's because it was a good choice then and it's a good choice now.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 13, 2014 9:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

Of course we Touchheads were (by far ;-) the most fashionable crop of heads: nobody burned through Mommy and Daddy's money quite like we did. It's hard to be a trustafarian.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 14, 2014 12:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

I suspect there are jam festival "boho" trustafarians who took your example and go you one better. Or 10 better.

Actually, when the second-wave (third-wave?) hippies and Touchheads came along in the mid/late 80s, it seemed like a natural evolution and a really positive sign about the staying power of the counterculture. At least that's how I thought of it at the time, and I still think that's about right. It's easy to be snarky about all the doo-dads and accessories -- and the trustafarian aspect is funny in every generation I guess; at least DH trustafarians were better than the preppy ones -- but my only real critique is when that style is imagined as somehow being "60s" or an Eternal Deadhead Thing. I'm too much of a historical purist for that :-)

It does seem that the rainbow-colored accessorized glamor of the lot increased in direct proportion to the decline of the band. It happened with band posters, too. They were fantastic by '95, LOL.


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Poster: SocialSecurityService Date: Jun 14, 2014 5:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

I don't entirely agree, but that's your point of view.

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Poster: SpacedAgain Date: Jun 14, 2014 9:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

I thought you could wear anything and made some odd choices of stuff found around SF. Eventually, I decided that those without tie dye stood out for stares, which was esp uncomfortable when intake timing was off.

So tie dye became preferable, fun to find cool designs, and let me pretend I was another fold in reality in the tantric sea of color.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 13, 2014 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

As an 80's deadhead I'm proud to say I never wore a tie die (or owned one) or had any of the others on your list. I guess since I started listening to the band in the 70's (thanks to my older brothers) I never felt the need to conform and in fact hated that part of the scene (the stench of Patchouli!) . I went to many shows and hung out behind the stage to avoid the crazies and I suppose I was more Alex Keaton than Monte.